2015 Reading Challenge

Welcome to my 2015 Reading Challenge page! Whilst I will be blogging about each individual book I read (and hopefully check off this list over the course of the year), this page is primarily to keep everything nicely ordered. Any number crossed out will have a link to a brief review of the book I read. Simple.

Since I am an extremely harsh critic, my advice is to add 1 or 2 points to my ratings. What can I say, I guess I’m hard to please.

10* – The holy grail. As yet, it still remains a myth.
9* – Unbelievable. Held in extremely high regard. Loved it.
8* – Excellent. I thoroughly enjoyed it.
7* – Very good. I would pick it up again.
6* – Good. This was enjoyable, and I may re-read it.
5* – Fair. I did enjoy this book, at least in parts.
4* – Meh. It was neither poor, nor did I enjoy it.
3* – Poor. There was something seriously lacking.
2* – Dreadful. I finished it, but only because I couldn’t stand not to.
1* – An abomination of a novel. I couldn’t finish it.

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2015 Reading Challenge (52 books)

  1. A book with more than 500 pages: ‘Breaking Dawn’ by Stephenie Meyer (7/10)
  2. A classic romance
  3. A book that became a movie: ‘Where Rainbows End’ by Cecelia Ahern (5/10)
  4. A book published this year (2015): ‘Very Good Lives: The Fringe Benefits of Failure and the Importance of Imagination’ by J.K. Rowling (8/10)
  5. A book with a number in the title: ‘1,227 QI Facts To Blow Your Socks Off’ by John Lloyd, John Mitchinson and James Harkin (6/10)
  6. A book written by someone under 30: ‘Billy and Me’ by Giovanna Fletcher (5/10)
  7. A book with nonhuman characters: ‘New Moon’ by Stephenie Meyer (8/10)
  8. A funny book: ‘The Rosie Project’ by Graeme Simsion (8/10)
  9. A book by a female author: ‘Girl Online’ by Zoe Sugg (7/10)
  10. A mystery or thriller: ‘The Girl On The Train’ by Paula Hawkins (7/10)
  11. A book with a one-word title: ‘Insurgent’ by Veronica Roth (5/10)
  12. A book of short stories: ‘My True Love Gave To Me’ by Stephanie Perkins and others (6/10)
  13. A book set in a different country: ‘Paper Towns’ by John Green (6/10)
  14. A nonfiction book: ‘This Book is Gay’ by James Dawson (7/10)
  15. A popular author’s first book: ‘Throne of Glass’ by Sarah J. Maas (7/10)
  16. A book from an author you love that you haven’t read yet: ‘Crown of Midnight’ by Sarah J. Maas (7/10)
  17. A book a friend recommended: ‘Point Blanc’ by Anthony Horowitz (7/10)
  18. A Pulitzer Prize winning book: ‘To Kill A Mockingbird’ by Harper Lee (6/10)
  19. A book based on a true story: ‘More Weird Things Customers Say in Bookshops’ by Jen Campbell (7/10)
  20. A book at the bottom of your to-read list: ‘A Clash of Kings’ by George R.R. Martin (4/10)
  21. A book your mum loves: ‘The Da Vinci Code’ by Dan Brown (7/10)
  22. A book that scares you: ‘Me and Earl and the Dying Girl’ by Jesse Andrews (6/10)
  23. A book more than 100 years old: ‘Antigone’ by Sophocles (6/10)
  24. A book based entirely on its cover: ‘The Fire Sermon’ by Francesca Haig (6/10)
  25. A book you were supposed to read in school but didn’t
  26. A memoir: ‘Life… On A High’ by Nick Spalding (6/10)
  27. A book you can finish in a day: ‘Christmas With Billy and Me’ by Giovanna Fletcher (7/10)
  28. A book with antonyms in the title
  29. A book set somewhere you’ve always wanted to visit: ‘Lola and the Boy Next Door’ by Stephanie Perkins (5/10)
  30. A book that came out the year you were born
  31. A book with bad reviews: ‘The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner’ by Stephenie Meyer (6/10)
  32. A trilogy (32.1, 32.2)
  33. A book from your childhood: ‘A Series of Unfortunate Events: The Bad Beginning’ by Lemony Snicket (4/10)
  34. A book with a love triangle: ‘Eclipse’ by Stephenie Meyer (7/10)
  35. A book set in the future: ‘Cinder’ by Marissa Meyer (5/10)
  36. A book set in high school: ‘The Princess Diaries’ by Meg Cabot (6/10)
  37. A book with a colour in the title: ‘Grey’ by E.L. James (3/10)
  38. A book that made you cry
  39. A book with magic: ‘Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them’ by J.K. Rowling (6/10)
  40. A graphic novel: ‘Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief: The Graphic Novel’ by Rick Riordan and Robert Venditti (5/10)
  41. A book by an author you’ve never read before: ‘The Bone Season’ by Samantha Shannon (5/10)
  42. A book that you own but have never read: ‘Percy Jackson and the Sea of Monsters: The Graphic Novel’ by Rick Riordan and Robert Venditti (6/10)
  43. A book that takes place in your hometown
  44. A book that was originally written in a different language
  45. A book set during Christmas: ‘Dash and Lily’s Book of Dares’ by David Levithan and Rachel Cohn (6/10)
  46. A book written by an author with your same initials
  47. A play: ‘Antigone’ by Jean Anouilh (4/10)
  48. A banned book: ‘The Perks of Being a Wallflower’ by Stephen Chbosky (6/10)
  49. A book based on or turned into a TV show: ‘City of Bones’ by Cassandra Clare (6/10)
  50. A book you started but never finished
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  51. A Jacqueline Wilson book: ‘Buried Alive’ by Jacqueline Wilson (4/10)
  52. A book about self-discovery: ‘Since You’ve Been Gone’ by Morgan Matson (7/10)
  53. A book written by a YouTuber: ‘All I Know Now: Wonderings and Reflections on Growing Up Gracefully’ by Carrie Hope Fletcher (4/10)
  54. A fairy-tale retelling: ‘A Court of Thorns and Roses’ by Sarah J. Maas (8/10)
  55. A book you’re conflicted about: ‘Looking for Alaska’ by John Green (6/10)
  56. A co-authored book: ‘How To Be Bad’ by E. Lockhart, Lauren Myracle and Sarah Mlynowski (6/10)
  57. An audiobook: ‘Life and Laughing’ by Michael McIntyre (7/10)
  58. A book with a mythical creature on the cover: ‘Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire’ by J.K. Rowling (9/10)
  59. A book set in multiple locations: ‘Tripwire’ by Lee Child (7/10)
  60. A novella: ‘The Assassin’s Blade’ by Sarah J. Maas (7/10)
  61. A book with forbidden love: ‘Noughts and Crosses: The Graphic Novel’ by Malorie Blackman (7/10)
  62. A book with alliteration in the title: ‘A Series of Unfortunate Events: The Reptile Room’ by Lemony Snicket (5/10)
  63. A book you were given: ‘Gorsky’ by Vesna Goldsworthy (7/10)
  64. A book that hasn’t been made into a movie or TV show: ‘Percy Jackson and the Titan’s Curse’ by Rick Riordan (5/10)
  65. A book written by an author using a pseudonym: ‘Career of Evil’ by Robert Galbraith (8/10)